For the third time, UR FOOT will be leading a trek to Chimney Mountain and Eagle Cave. The group will drive to Chimney Mountain and spend the first night camping at Puffer Pond. The following day the group will hike part way up the mountain and spend an afternoon exploring Eagle Cave, the largest cave system in the Adirondacks.  In the evening we will collect our gear and reach the campsite on the summit. We’ll spend the evening exploring the unique rock formations, making s’mores, and stargazing.  The next day we’ll pack up, descend, and return to Rochester in time for dinner.  No previous experience hiking or caving is necessary, but being comfortable with heights and in SMALL dark spaces is a must. The cave is completely natural, and has many crawls, crevices, scrambles, switchbacks, and a rope ladder decent.


Gear List


Kevin Hayes

Mariah Heinzerling

Benicio Del Torro

This Year’s Itinerary

August 20th

8 am – 4 pm : Trekees Move In

5 pm: Meeting for all trip participants outside Wilson Commons, near clock tower

5:30 pm: BBQ for all Trekees and Leaders (sorry parents, students only!)

8 pm: Leaders check Trekee packs for appropriate gear, clothing, and equipment

August 21st

9 am: Breakfast on campus

10 am: Drive to Chimney Mountain

1 pm: Picnic Lunch

3 pm: Arrive at Chimney Mountain

5 pm: Arrive at Puffer Pond (1st campsite) and set up camp (swim, games, wood gathering)

7 pm: Build fire and make dinner

August 22nd

8 am: Breakfast at campsite

9:30 am: Hike back to car and pick up equipment

11 am: Hike to summit, set up camp Summit of Chimney Mountain (2nd campsite)

11:30 am: Hike back down to Eagle Cave

12 pm – 5 pm: Explore Eagle Cave

5 pm: Hike back to summit campsite (snack break)

6/7 pm: Explore summit

7/8 pm: Make dinner and s’mores

August 23rd

8 am: Breakfast at camp and pack up

10 am: Hike back to car

12 pm: Drive back to Rochester

5 pm: Arrive at UR

6 pm: Cookout dinner for all Trekees and Leaders

August 24th

Freshmen Orientation Begins!

2 thoughts on “Caving”

  1. Are there any other treks during the year, other than the winter one listed? I love the thought of hiking, and look forward to starting the year off with one of these trips!

  2. Hi Ian, As URFOOT runs as a pre-orientation program, we don’t offer any other trips throughout the school year. The Letchworth winter trip idea started last year as a chance for transfer students to get the same experience, but had to be cancelled due to lack of interest. However, there are plenty of other clubs on this campus to do outdoorsy things, like the Outing Club, which you’ll learn all about at the activities fair!

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2016 University of Rochester Freshman Orientation Outing Treks